Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi specializes in religious violent conflicts, peace studies and conflict resolution with special focus on South Asia . She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad. Dr. Hashmi studied at the American University in Washington DC (AU) for her graduate degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad for her PhD. She did an Executive Education course on Terrorism as a Threat to Global Security from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She had also studied at SAIS Johns Hopkins University for Theories and Practice of Conflict Management.
Dr. Arshi has been Yale World Fellow at Yale University, South Asia Leadership Fellow for Counter Terrorism Studies at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Rotary International Peace Fellow, Kodikara Fellow and NESA-NDU Washington DC Fellow. She has worked with the United States Institute of Peace, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. Dr. Arshi Hashmi is a member of Committee of Experts at National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Government of Pakistan. She gives lectures at Armed Forces Staff Colleges, National Security War Course, Defense Services Intelligence Academy & Intelligence Bureau Pakistan. She is a member of Women without Borders (WwB) Vienna and its project Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE). She has been a speaker at TedxWomen 2012 in New York and Omega International Women Conference in New York in 2012.
She is widely published and often appears as a political analyst on national and international media.